Tylenol, also known as Acetaminophen, is a drug that’s developed by McNeil, a subsidiary of major manufacturer Johnson & Johnson. It is used to relieve different levels of pain from muscle aches, headaches, colds, toothaches, as well as to reduce fever. Tylenol may also sometimes be used to relieve pain due to different types of arthritis. In a class of pain relievers and fever reducers, Tylenol works by altering the body’s sense of pain, as well as cooling it down.
Side Effects of Tylenol
Although Tylenol and Acetaminophen have helped numerous people, it is known to have some possible side effects. They could include rash, hives, itching, swelling, breathing difficulty, and hoarseness. Although side effects don’t usually affect those who use proper dosage of Tylenol, overdosing may cause problems. In the case of an emergency or overdose, please be aware of the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual bleeding/bruising
- Stomach pain
- Flu-like symptoms
Tylenol has recently caused some major health issues, including possible liver damage. When Tylenol is taken it usually enters the gastrointestinal tract and bloodstream. At this point it is able to relieve pain by increasing the body’s threshold. It helps to reduce fever by eliminating any excess heat and after this, Tylenol enters the liver to get broken down.
Even though the liver usually breaks down most of Tylenol when it enters, some of it turns into a harmful byproduct, referred to as NAPQI (N-acetyl-p-benzoquinoneimine). With normal doses of Tylenol, the body is able to remove this toxin easily, but an overdose is a different story. With an overdose, too much of the harmful byproduct is produced. When too much of this is produced, it can begin to harm the main cells of the liver.
The FDA has become increasingly aware of the growing issues with improper use of Tylenol. The agency has conducted investigations on McNeil’s plants. The FDA report following this investigation mentioned over 20 violations of manufacturing protocols. These included sanitation issues, infrastructure, as well as the total approach of the plant. The report also questioned the safety practices taking place at McNeill’s plant.
The most frightening aspect of the report is likely that there was a complete lack of reaction on McNeil’s part when it comes to the numerous adverse effects that have been reported with Tylenol use. The FDA recently announced that it would expand its research and investigative prowess to include as many McNeill plants as possible.
Consulting With an Attorney
Dealing with the possible side effects of Tylenol can often be stressful and confusing. If you are someone you love has suffered as a result of using Tylenol, consulting with an experienced lawyer could be beneficial. Most attorneys offer a free consultation and usually don’t require any payment until a settlement is received.